Powder Rooms

Browse helpful information on powder rooms so you can create an elegant bath and preparation space in your home.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Powder rooms, though small, can be important elements in your home. By adding a few bold, contemporary touches, you can create an elegant and up-to-date toilet and cleanup space in your home.

Half Baths and Powder Rooms

Bold Wallpaper Patterns

Powder Room Stripes

Photo By: Designer, Loretta Willis

Simple Elegance

Minimum Color Palette

Photo By: Designer, Lauren Jacobsen

Small Space, Big Design

Photo By: ERICC BB

Mediterranean-Style Powder Room

Photo By: Designer, Bonnie Sachs

Regal Accents

Photo By: Designer, Thomas A. Conway

Tile Wall Powder Rooms

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Beautifully Aged Powder Room

Photo By: Designer, Joseph Pubillones

The Element of Surprise

Photo By: Designer, Kim Smart

Organic Colors

Photo By: Designer, Lori Dennis

Mirrored Walls

Photo By: Designer, Andreas Charalambous

Wood-Paneled Powder Room

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Vanity Appeal

From: Kathy Geissler Best

Photo By: Matthew Millman

African-Inspired Details

Photo By: Photo Credit: Suki Medencevic

One of the best ways to retain the elegance of traditional powder rooms while adding some modern touches is by combining vintage and modern textures and materials. For example, seating an elegant but modern porcelain sink on a vintage wooden base is a great way to create a warm, welcoming space that still exudes classic style. Other vintage elements like candlestick-style lamps or traditional sconces can have the same effect—combine these with a bold, ornate mirror frame design in wood or metal.

Since powder rooms are often used by guests and not bound to any other room's design, they're a great opportunity to experiment with bolder colors, patterns and textures. Adding some fun and personality to the powder room can create an unexpected design surprise for guests. Explore the local thrift shop for unique design elements—art, furniture or lighting fixtures—that can make an entertaining or irreverent statement.

Another common feature of powder rooms is wallpaper. Notoriously difficult to install, wallpaper is a natural choice for powder rooms because of their often petite, rectangular design. Feel free to experiment with elegant or bold patterns, and create a space that welcomes guests and family members alike.

Make a Statement in Your Powder Room

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